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Corp James Onley Weaver

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Corp James Onley Weaver

  • Birth 9 Dec 1949 Swannanoa, Buncombe County, North Carolina, USA
  • Death 11 Dec 1968 Quang Tri, Quang Tri, Vietnam
  • Burial Black Mountain, Buncombe County, North Carolina, USA
  • Memorial ID 17814912

US Marine CPL James Onley Weaver, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Swannanoa, North Carolina.

US Marine Corporal James Onley Weaver was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Marine Corps, CPL Weaver served our country until December 11th, 1968 in Quang Tri, South Vietnam. He was 19 years old and was not married. It was reported that James died from small arms fire. His body was recovered. James was born on December 9th, 1949 in Swannanoa, North Carolina. CPL Weaver is on panel 36W, line 009 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for one year.

In early December 1968 the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines was tasked with clearing two ridge lines about 3 kilometers north of Dong Ha Mountain of their North Vietnamese Army occupants. During the afternoon of 07 December the Battalion's rifle companies were airlifted into their initial positions and settled in for the night. On the morning of 08 Dec the companies moved out toward their assigned objectives. At 1525 a squad patrol from 3rd Platoon, Echo Company received fire from a treeline and entrenchments at YD033644. Two squads were dispatched as reinforcements, but the attacking Marines found themselves caught in a crossfire and unable to advance. With night approaching Echo recalled the platoon, which was forced to abandon the bodies of three men known to have been killed but which was able to bring out its nine wounded. Air and artillery fires were then placed on the enemy position. At daybreak on 09 Dec the four rifle companies moved to clear the NVA position but found that the NVA had withdrawn.

The operation continued through the 9th and 10th of December, with the Marines finding and destroying a number of fortified positions and capturing considerable quantities of arms, food, and supplies. There was no direct contact with the enemy, but the Marines did receive intermittent enemy mortar fire. At nightfall on the 10th Fox Company formed a defensive perimeter at YD018654. Fox's orders for the 11th were to advance to and take an area of high ground centered on YD025662, about a kilometer northeast of their NDP. On the 11th, Fox moved out at first light and by 0825 was receiving small arms and mortar fire. An aerial observer helped direct counterfire and directed the Marines toward visible enemy positions. As Fox approached YD024660 its lead elements found an entrenched enemy concealed in dense vegetation. Fox Company continued its assault until stopped in place by enemy fires. As later discovered, Fox had fought its way into the center of a large, well laid out bunker complex - and once there found it near impossible to maneuver its way out without abandoning its wounded.

Shortly after the first contact Hotel Company had been dispatched to assist Fox and reached the area at about noon. Once in position, Hotel's additional firepower - and that of supporting arms - persuaded the NVA to withdraw from the complex and by 1620 the fighting had stopped. Golf 2/4 was sent to the position, and the three rifles companies established a night defensive position on the western side of the bunker complex. Thirteen Americans died and thirty-one were wounded in the fighting on what became known as "Foxtrot Ridge". Cpl James O. Weaver, Swannanoa, NC, was one of them.

The Battalion remained in the area for the rest of December, finding and destroying NVA fortifications, arms, munitions, foodstuffs, and other supplies. Despite aggressive patrolling and night ambushes, there was no further contact with the NVA forces - they had withdrawn into the Demilitarized Zone. Documents found during the search and destroy operations showed the area had been held by elements of the 27th NVA Regiment, with the 1st Bn, 27th NVA, holding the complex assaulted on 11 December. Intelligence sources indicated the NVA Battalion Commander and most of his staff had been killed in the fighting that day.

I have never forgotten. A memorial from his cousin, Kathy Talaska.

US MARINE CPL CASUALTY OF VIETNAM WAR FROM SWANNANOA: Cpl James Onley Weaver, 19, son of Mrs Arnold G Kelly of Swannanoa and Carrol D Weaver of Black Mountain, was reported killed in action December 11 in Quang Tri, South Vietnam. Harrison Funeral Home Black Mountain, will announce the arrangements.

Son of a Friend. Memorial Day: We wanted to Thank you this Memorial Day for your service and sacrifice for this great country. My father served with you and was wounded on Dec. 11th, he speaks of you often and thinks highly of you. We think of you everyday. Jason Sparks, lori.sparks@panthercountry.net.

James was born to Mrs. Arnold Kelly and Mr. Carroll Weaver and had four siblings, Pat Weaver, Robin Weaver, Stanley Weaver, and Bryan Weaver.

He served with 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd MAF.

He was awarded The Combat Action Ribbon(CAR), The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal.


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  • Created by: Tom Reece
  • Added: 4 Feb 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17814912
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Corp James Onley Weaver (9 Dec 1949–11 Dec 1968), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17814912, citing Mountain View Memorial Park, Black Mountain, Buncombe County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Tom Reece (contributor 46857744) .